POLST form addition to Adv. Health Directive

jkom51August 25, 2009

One of the newer issues that has arisen is Palliative Care. Oregon has taken the lead in this area and the POLST form (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) is a general form that has been standardized and can be used for consulting with any doctor or HMO. Interestingly enough, the website specifies a very specific Wausau brand pink paper (#65 Cover Pulsar Pink, to be exact) although it says any color paper can be used; the CPP is specified so that the form can be easily copied or faxed.

This form is to be used IN ADDITION to an Advanced Health Directive, not in place of it. Some of the newer Health Directive forms include the POLST section, but many older ones do not (ours does not, for example, although it was created only 2 yrs ago in early 2007).

The form can be downloaded at: http://www.finalchoices.calhealth.org/polst-form.html (I've actively linked it, below)

Other info about the form can be found at http://www.finalchoices.calhealth.org/polst-hcp.html, such as an FAQ and a POLST Consumer Brochure.

Here is a link that might be useful: blank POLST form

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